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Planning, Flexibility, and Problem-Solving: The Keys to a Successful Project

By Cindy Juhas | February 15, 2023

In the spring of 2022, CME Corp was awarded an $8.7M project from the prime contractor providing Initial, Outfitting and Transition (IO&T) services, to outfit 43 U.S. Army Wellness Centers (AWC) across the U.S. The project was large, complicated, with many moving parts. Some reasons CME won the bid was their vast experience in providing Direct-to-Site delivery services under adverse conditions and their ability to be nimble.


The planning started right away. CME received 473 POs from the IO&T. With supply chain issues delaying some of the items, CME’s project management team had to manage all the POs closely to ensure the products would get to the nine different CME warehouses in time to make a very tight delivery schedule. CME’s purchasing team had to find substitutes for items that would not meet the time frame. Many of the manufacturer shipments had missing items or freight damage that had to be reconciled prior to delivery.


Once the 60,000+ items were received in the CME warehouses, they had to be separated by delivery, consolidated into pallets, and then labeled with specific JSN numbers unique to the project. The deliveries had to occur within a month after receiving all of the items. CME had to fly special logistics teams to the nine warehouses to get all of the items loaded onto the 43 trucks and delivered to the 43 AWCs on time.


Many of the brigades were located in remote areas with unpaved roads and no equipment to help unload the pallets. The CME Logistics teams worked closely with the Army to solve all the problems related to this complicated delivery. CME brought all the necessary unloading tools and successfully delivered all the items to the AWCs within three weeks.

It was definitely a team effort within CME, and, collaboratively, with the IO&T and U.S. Army teams. For more information about this project or our Direct-to-Site delivery services, visit our website, or call 800-338-2372.

About CME: CME Corp. is a full-service healthcare equipment and turn-key logistics company providing personalized support and service. With service centers nationwide, CME offers more than two million medical products from a total of over 2,000 manufacturers. CME is a healthcare system's complete equipment solution by providing product selection, sales, warehousing, assembly, staging, direct-to-site delivery, installation, and biomedical services for all its equipment.

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